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A Tale of Two Americas

Posted on 08/18/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsToday’s sobering statistic: Almost 20 percent of people ages 55 to 64 have no retirement savings. And even among those who have saved, millions are facing a retirement “deficit” — meaning they will outlive their retirement savings by $57,000 on average per household. Why does that matter to the rest of us? Because if millions of older adults haven’t saved enough to be self-sufficient in retirement, they will end up turning to government safety net services — a costly proposition …

This Week in Boomer History: Me Decade … Ryan’s 5K K’s … ‘Prague Spring’ Ends

Posted on 08/17/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience In the Aug. 23, 1976, issue of New York magazine, writer Tom Wolfe brands the 1970s as the Me Decade. Comparing it to two earlier religious awakenings in America, he concludes: “Where the Third Great Awakening will lead — who can presume to say? One only knows that the great religious waves have a momentum all their own. Neither arguments nor policies nor acts of the legislature have been any match for them in the …

Cut Social Security? Say Goodbye to Older Voters

Posted on 08/12/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsSeventy-nine years after its creation, Social Security remains a vital key to Americans’ retirement security. And with the 2014 elections less than three months away, strengthening the program is a top priority for older voters, according to a new AARP survey of voters 50 and older. The message to candidates is clear: Stop treating Social Security like a line item in a budget. Older voters have earned their benefits through a lifetime of hard work and paying into the system. …

39 States and Counting: Caregiving Across State Lines

Posted on 08/11/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsI was a long-distance caregiver for my parents for nearly 15 years. Through illness, surgery and rehabilitation, I helped them stay out of institutional care, like a nursing home, and instead remain at home — where they wanted to be. During this time, I purchased my house on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with my parents in mind — hoping that Mom and Pop could come to the Cape from New York, enjoy time by the seashore, and get some rest and …

This Week in Boomer History: Woodstock … Berlin … IBM PC

Posted on 08/10/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience “This year’s monster movie star,” Jack Nicholson, makes the cover of Time magazine Aug. 12, 1974, two months after Chinatown opened. The IBM Personal Computer is announced Aug. 12, 1981, with a price of $1,565. According to IBM: “Two decades earlier, an IBM computer often cost as much as $9 million and required an air-conditioned quarter-acre of space and a staff of 60 people to keep it fully loaded with instructions.” >> Photos: Famous …

3 Reasons Why Net Neutrality Matters to Americans of All Ages, Not Just the Youngest

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Media Relations | Politics | TechnologyBy Jessica Winn As the song goes, “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” Net neutrality could be the best thing we didn’t realize we had until it’s gone. Network or net neutrality, also called “open Internet,” is the Internet as we know it. That is, an Internet that allows users to search for gardening techniques, stream reruns of Knight Rider or Skype with a grandchild without having to pay a service toll or an extra premium. The …